United Way' "The 21"
June 19th, 2013 12:38 PM
United Way’s The 21 – A Google Hangout Event This Friday
[Alexandria, VA] – This Friday, June 21, United Way Worldwide is partnering with Google to host The 21 – a twenty-one hour live broadcast event via Google+ Hangouts on Air. This first of its kind event will feature athletes like the NFL’s Roberto Garza and Glover Quin, WNBA superstar Maya Moore, celebrities, entertainment, leaders in education and educational advocates like Angela Maiers, and everyday heroes who are making a difference in their communities through education.
Utilizing leading Google technologies, The 21 is a modern age evolution of the telethon, but instead of working to raise money, United Way is working to sign-up readers, tutors and mentors to help further education initiatives across the world. Google Hangouts is an easy to use technology allowing users to participate in video calls – via computers, tablets or smartphones – from wherever they are. So you don’t just watch The 21, you can be an active member of the event.
Part of United Way’s 6th Annual Day of Action initiative, The 21 will highlight the amazing work around the United Way network. United Ways around the world are participating in on-the-ground volunteer activities to advance education, income and health. Watch as we share their stories, and the stories of influencers and change-makers, throughout the day.
Tune in to The 21 this Friday, starting at 3:00 AM ET, learn what it means to LIVE UNITED, and become a part of the United Way movement.
To volunteer for education in the Chattanooga Area, go to www.iHelpChattanooga.org
Read-a-Palooza, June 22
June 10th, 2013 10:07 AM
Celebrate United Way's 5th Annual Day of Action at Read-a-Palooza
It’s a carnival of summer reading fun at United Way’s first Read-a-Palooza at Hamilton Place Mall, on Saturday, June 22, from noon to 4 p.m. This celebration of United Way's 5th annual Day of Action is focused on Education - specifically childhood literacy. Reading is the key to a successful life, but children should know that reading is fun too!
There will be fun carnival games with prizes, an inflatable play area, free book enrollments and book-related literacy activities for kids and their parents to enjoy. Volunteers will also be on hand to read to the children throughout the afternoon. Current participants are WTCI TV 45, Chattanooga Dept. of Family and Youth Development, The Chattanooga Library, and the Bookmark Fairy.
Children can also complete a learning checkup from noon to 4 p.m. Families will earn a voucher to redeem for a free family pass to the Creative Discovery Museum for children who receive a learning check-up. Vouchers will be delivered by mail after the checkup is completed and received by United Way of Greater Chattanooga.
As part of the focus on education, people can also become part of the Raise Your Hand movement by enrolling to be volunteer mentors, tutors and readers for area students
This event is sponsored by Hamilton Place Mall, WTCI TV 45, and the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Lexia Launches this Summer!
May 31st, 2013 5:39 PM
TRAINING & PLANS SET FOR COMPREHENSIVE CITYWIDE LITERACY PROGRAM
EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM WILL IMPACT THOUSANDS IN IDENTIFIED KEY AREAS
On May 31, officials with the City of Chattanooga’s Department of Youth and Family Development, United Way, The Front Porch Alliance and the Bethlehem Center conducted staff training and discussed a citywide collaborative education effort, utilizing one of the most highly regarded reading software programs in the nation, Lexia Reading.
Lurone Jennings, Administrator of the City of Chattanooga’s Department of Youth and Family Development, discussed his vision and developed justifiable goals in coordination with over 250 staff from City community centers and area resource centers, followed by a 3 hour training conducted by certified Lexia staff. This training will expand on the proven educational benefits of the program, and illustrate a fun and desirable learning environment, available free to the public during the summer months and after school hours.
Working daily with the public, trained staff will be instrumental in the program’s success. Lexia Reading offers support for critical reading skills development for all students in grades pre-K-12, and adults, needing to accelerate their reading skills progress. The program includes more than 900 age-appropriate activities conforming to federal guidelines with focus on the five major areas of reading instruction. The software automatically differentiates the content to match each student’s skill level; detecting when additional practice is needed and advancing to the next level when skills have been mastered.
The City recently accepted a grant from the Lebovitz Family Charitable Trust to acquire 40 additional Lexia Program licenses allowing for expansion to 4 additional Community Centers. The newly acquired licenses will result in nearly 300 licenses present in our community through partnerships with United Way, with further plans to expand to numerous key locations this summer. This expansion will coincide with the success set forth by The Bethlehem Center, The Front Porch Alliance and, most recently, the Carver Community Center (the Carver Community Center program was made possible through a recent donation from Miller Martin).
To find a neighborhood reading center for your child, call United Way's 2-1-1. If you would like to volunteer to be a part of this program, call Jon Gibbons at 423-752-0307 for more information.